Detroit mother outraged over elementary school ‘Fight Club’
(MyFoxDetroit) DETROIT, Mich. – A mother says a fight lesson was recorded on a phone video in the restroom of Dixon Elementary Learning Academy.
“Ten or more students in this restroom during school time, when they should be in the classroom learning,” she said. “Instead of in the bathroom having a fight club meeting or whatever you call it.”
The student’s mother, who does not want to be identified, was so upset by the laughter and taunting of her son as he is encouraged in the video to hit back.
Images on the video were blurred by FOX 2 to protect the children’s identities.
“His fight was two minutes and 20 seconds long,” she said. “Nobody ever came in, nobody checked.”
In light of the incident, she said she is forced to send him to another school.
“He says he doesn’t want to go back because he is afraid of the other kids, finding out that it was him,” she said.
The concerned mom says says her son and all children should feel safe at school and she wants school officials to do more to ensure their safety.
“They need to have more security or people back in classroom to help teachers,” she said.
In a statement to Fox 2, officials with Detroit Public Schools say:
“Immediately upon learning of an alleged incident at Dixon, the principal talked to students who may have been involved and is currently pursuing disciplinary action against any students who violated either the Code of Conduct and/or the Anti-Bullying Policy.
“The principal also immediately engaged all students in assemblies to reiterate policies and procedures and will continue to do so.”
After school officials learned of the video Wednesday, the mother says she was told to pick her son up from school and for him not to return pending an investigation.
“I told him next time you feel if you’re ever in a situation in life and you feel uncomfortable, you can get up and leave,” she said. “You have that right to get up and leave and remove yourself from the situation.”